Fresno County Board of Supervisors Donate Toys
With Christmas music playing in the background, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors donated toys to the Toys of Tots program on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. “Each year the County of Fresno encourages employees to participate in this toy donation program providing thousands of toys for children in need in Fresno County,” said Board Chairman Debbie Poochigian.
Last year, the program collected 40,000 toys countywide. Organizers hope to increase that amount during the 2015 collection drive. The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
(Pictured – Fresno County Board of Supervisors depositing toys in the Toys for Tots collection box)
Chairman Poochigian Sponsors Resolution Proclaiming November 2015 as Prematurity Awareness Month
On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored a resolution proclaiming November 2015 as Prematurity Awareness Month in the County of Fresno. Premature birth affects approximately one in every nine babies and more than 1,500 babies per year in Fresno County. Organizations in Fresno County, including government agencies, businesses, schools, colleges, churches, non-profit organizations, hospitals, clinics, and others are working as part of the Preterm Birth Initiative’s Steering Committee to improve the health of mothers and babies in the County.
(Pictured – Fresno County Board of Supervisors with the Preterm Birth Initiative’s Steering Committee)
Chairman Poochigian Sponsors Resolution Congratulating the 2015 Inductees into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame
On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored a resolution congratulating the 2015 Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame inductees in the County of Fresno. The Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame has inducted over 300 extraordinary individuals in 40 different sports and multiple outstanding teams. This year’s inductees are: Bernard Berrian, Nina Lindenberg, Steve Menchinella, Ron Rivers and the 1968 and 1969 Fresno City College Championship Football Teams.
(Pictured – Fresno County Board of Supervisors with Dinner Chair Tom Kane and President of Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame Walt Byrd, Jr.)
Chairman Poochigian Tours Rough Fire Area and Co-Sponsors Community Forum
Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Debbie Poochigian, along with California State Senator Tom Berryhill and Cal Fire Division Chief Billy See toured a segment of the area damaged by the Rough Fire on Monday, October 5. The three drove through acres of burned trees and forest. Chairman Poochigian, who has participated in numerous briefings since the Rough Fire started in July, said, “We have declared a local emergency regarding the problems associated with dead trees and have requested that the Governor and the President do the same. We need Sacramento and Washington to step up with clean-up funding.”
On September 22, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Chairman Poochigian declaring the existence of a local emergency relating to the extremely high levels of tree mortality and hazardous conditions created by the drought and requested that the Governor immediately declare a state of emergency for Fresno County. Following the tour, Chairman Poochigian and Senator Berryhill sponsored a community forum bringing together representatives from local agencies to help answer questions. Over 120 attendees packed the Bear Mountain Library activity center in Squaw Valley.
(Pictured – Supervisor Poochigian, Senator Berryhill, Cal Fire Division Chief Billy See, Sierra National Forest Supervisor Dean Gould, Fresno County Department of Public Health Director Dave Pomaville)
Chairman Deborah A. Poochigian Sponsors Resolution Recognizing and Celebrating California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 125 Years and 75 Years
On September 22, 2015 Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored a resolution recognizing and celebrating California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 125 years and 75 years anniversaries. Both parks combined are an astonishing 865,964 acres and 1,353 square miles in size and are enjoyed by 1.5 million people each year.
Sequoia National Park is the nation’s second park, established on September 25, 1890 and Kings Canyon National Park was established on March 4, 1940, incorporating lands initially protected as General Grant National Park.
Accepting the resolution on behalf of the National Park Service was Denise Robertson, Management Assistant of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
(Pictured – Denise Robertson with the Fresno County Board of Supervisors)
Chairman Poochigian Sponsors Resolution Proclaiming “4-H Club Week” in Fresno County
On Tuesday, September 1st Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored an agenda item proclaiming September 13 through 19, 2015 as “4-H Club Week” in Fresno County. 4-H is a youth organization that is dedicated to providing its members with skills that can be used throughout a lifetime. The organization teaches young people the responsibilities and privileges of good citizenship, prepares them as leaders and develops self-confidence in all areas of life. At the Board meeting, while members of the local 4-H came up to receive their certificate, Chairman Poochigian welcomed them by singing the 4-H anthem.
4-H is a University of CA - Cooperative Extension program.
(Pictured – Supervisors Debbie Poochigian and Buddy Mendes with 2015 Fresno County 4-H All Star Katie Taylor)
Fresno County Receives Trophy for Employee Participation During "Walking Works!" Challenge
The 2015 “Walking Works!” challenge competition between Fresno County and Tulare County ended with Fresno County winning in highest percentage of employee participation at 25%. However, Tulare County won the category of highest average of steps at 8,734.
The “Walking Works!” challenge is a fun walking competition between departments from the two counties. The challenge is a great opportunity for participants to increase (or maintain) physical activity and find support and motivation from co-workers in doing so.
“The friendly competition between Fresno and Tulare County and within departments has made this “Walk Works!” challenge one of our most successful efforts in getting employees to participate and make meaningful changes in their daily routine. Go Fresno County!” said Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Debbie Poochigain.
(Pictured – Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian and Tulare County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel)
Chairman Deborah A. Poochigian Sponsors Resolution Proclaiming July 12-18, 2015, as Probation, Pre-Trial, and Parole Supervision Week in the County of Fresno.
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored a resolution to recognize the dedication and care given by individuals in the community corrections profession who strive to make our neighborhoods better places to live and raise families and to proclaim July 12-18, 2015, as Probation, Pre-Trial and Parole Supervision Week in the County of Fresno.
(Pictured – Fresno County Board of Supervisors with employees of the Fresno County Probation Department)
Chairman Deborah A. Poochigian sponsors resolution proclaiming June as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and June 21 as "The Longest Day", in recognition of the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Chairman Deborah A. Poochigian sponsored a resolution proclaiming June as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and June 21 as "The Longest Day," in recognition of the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers.
It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and that figure is expected to grow in years to come. In Fresno County, 30,000 caregivers provide care for over 10,000 individuals who have the condition.
Chairman Deborah A. Poochigain Ag Scholarship Awarded
On June 3, 2015, Chairman Debbie Poochigian awarded a Sierra High School student with an annual Poochigian Ag Scholarship. In its sixth year, the Poochigian Ag Scholarship is offered to graduating seniors who plan to continue their education and pursue a career in agriculture.
Chairman Deborah A. Poochigian sponsors resolution proclaiming June 13 - August 2, 2015 as "Read to the Rhythm!" time in Fresno County
On Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored a resolution proclaiming June 13 – August 2, 2015 as “Read to the Rhythm!” time to be celebrated through the Fresno County Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Challenge for Teens and Kids.
“Participating in reading programs over the summer is an easy way to help students improve their reading skills and prepare them for the upcoming school year,” said Chairman Poochigian.
It is estimated that children forget as much as twenty-two percent of the lessons they learned in the classroom over the summer vacation. Involvement in summer reading programs help students improve their reading skills and foster a lifelong love of reading.
(Pictured – The Fresno County Board of Supervisors with Fresno County Librarian Laurel Prysiazny and Youth Programming Coordinator Kari Johnson)
Chairman Deborah A. Poochigian sponsors resolution proclaiming May 3 - May 9 as "Wildfire Awareness Week" in the County of Fresno
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored a resolution proclaiming May 3 – May 9 as “Wildfire Awareness Week” in the County of Fresno. Along with California’s dry Mediterranean climate and the fourth consecutive year of drought conditions, an elevated threat of wildfire is anticipated this fire season.
Ninety-five percent of wildfires in California are caused by the activity of people and are preventable. “Wildfire Awareness Week” provides an important opportunity for California’s communities and fire service agencies to reduce the risk of wildfire and increase public safety and awareness through education on fire safety, preparation and prevention.
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors and Cal Fire encourages all residents and visitors to do their part in preventing wildfires.
(Pictured – Fresno County Board of Supervisors with Battalion Chief Mike Bowman, Unit Forester Ed Simpson, Planning and Protection Chief Jim McDougald, Chief Mark Johnson, Fire Captain and Public Information Officer Ryan Michaels )
Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsors resolution proclaiming May 11 – 15 as “Walking Works!” Challenge Week
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored a resolution proclaiming May 11 – 15 as “Walking Works!” Challenge Week encouraging all County of Fresno employees to become physically active and participate in the “Working Works!” Challenge, whereby employees are encouraged to track the number of steps walked daily.
Walking regularly for exercise is a form of self-care that can contribute to the reduction of preventable death, disease, and disability as well as improve overall energy and promote long and healthy lives.
All employees are encouraged to help us beat Tulare County in the “Walking Works!” Challenge.
(Pictured – Fresno County Board of Supervisors with Fresno County Health Officer Dr. Ken Bird, Personnel Services Manager Paul Nerland and Personnel Analyst Lorraine Sepeda)
Supervisor Henry Perea and Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsor resolution to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
On April 21, 2015 Supervisor Henry Perea and Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored a resolution to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and recognize April 24, 2015 as a Day in Remembrance to honor the survivors and their families.
Many Armenian-Americans in Fresno County are children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of survivors of the genocide.
(Pictured – The Fresno County Board of Supervisors with students from the Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School, Reverend Father Yessai Bedros, St. Paul Armenian Apostolic Church Chairman Ben Krikorian, School Principal Zar Der Mugrdechian and Teacher Anna Manukyan Jierian)
Chairman Debbie Poochigian speaks to youth at annual Youth in Government Day held in the Fresno County Board Chambers at the Hall of Records
Chairman Debbie Poochigian Joins Cal Fire at Millerton Lake
Chairman Debbie Poochigian joined Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott and representatives from numerous firefighting organizations on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at a press conference informing residents that severe drought conditions have created an elevated threat of fast moving wildfires in forests and fields. Residents were encouraged to clear brush and grass away from their homes and follow the defensible space requirements.
“During these unprecedented drought conditions, all residents of Fresno County are encouraged to do their part in protecting their home and property,” said Chairman Poochigian.
Chairman Deborah A. Poochigian Joins Educators and Community Leaders in Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new AIMS Center
Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Debbie Poochigian joined educators and community leaders on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new AIMS Center for Math and Science Education located on the Fresno Pacific University campus.
Opening of the new AIMS facility will serve the Fresno community by providing teachers with innovative, research-based math and science teaching techniques that will better engage and prepare their students.
“With an unemployment rate in Fresno County much higher than the national average — 11.2% compared to 5.5% as of November 2014 — this endowment is a wonderful opportunity to fill positions in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) area,” said Chairman Poochigian. “STEM education is vital to the future of the Central Valley and teaching children the importance of math and science will benefit everyone,” she continued.
Fresno County Board of Supervisors Donate Toys
This year Fresno County departments are being challenged to fill the Toys for Tots boxes located throughout the County.
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Supervisors Perea and Poochigian donated toys at the Hall of Records. Each year, thousands of toys are collected and distributed as Christmas gifts to children who would otherwise not have gifts during the Christmas season. In 2013, over 85,000 toys were collected in the Central Valley through various Toys for Tots partners.
(Pictured – Supervisors Henry Perea and Debbie Poochigian place their toys in the Toys for Tots collection box)
Supervisors Larson and Case McNairy Honored
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Supervisor Debbie Poochigian sponsored an agenda item in which Fresno County Fire Protection District Chief Mark Johnson presented a resolution and honorary helmets to Supervisors Phil Larson and Judy Case McNairy as a token of gratitude for their many years of service to Fresno County and their commitment to public safety and to the citizens of Fresno County.
(Pictured - Fresno County Board of Supervisors with Mike Bowman, Mark Johnson and Ryan Michaels of the Fresno County Fire Protection District)
Fresno County Board of Supervisors Support Second Annual Hendrix G. Wille Memorial Blood Drive
On November 4, 2014 the Fresno County Board of Supervisors provided their support for the Second Annual Hendrix G. Wille Memorial Blood Drive to be held in the Fresno County Plaza Ballroom on Monday, December 1, 2014. The blood and bone marrow drive is dedicated in memory of Hendrix G. Wille, the young son of county employee Arthur G. Wille and his wife Rozanne H. Wille, M.D. It is estimated that only thirty-seven percent of the United States population is eligible to donate blood and less than ten percent do annually.
Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian Attends Coffee Talk in Prather, CA
Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian participated in the Fresno County Farm Bureau’s Coffee Talk on Friday, October 24th in Prather, CA. Residents had an opportunity to ask questions as well as hear a presentation that included Supervisor Poochigian, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, and Farm Bureau Executive Director Ryan Jacobsen.
(Pictured L to R – Fire Chief Mark Johnson; Ryan Jacobsen – Executive Director – Fresno County Farm Bureau; Sheriff Margaret Mims and Supervisor Debbie Poochigian)
Fresno County Board of Supervisors Honors Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame
Supervisor Debbie Poochigian Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Sierra Vista Library
Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for Fresno County’s latest library branch located in the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, CA on May 1st 2014. Unlike any other in the county, the library is actually a user friendly kiosk with over three hundred and forty bestselling books, movies and video games. “I am so excited to have this kiosk in the Sierra Vista Mall where it is conveniently located for many residents to use,” said Supervisor Debbie Poochigian who represents Clovis, CA on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.
The Sierra Vista Library is the first indoor library vending unit located in a shopping mall in the country. Customers can utilize the kiosk to order books from other branches, return or renew library items and view the Fresno County Public Library catalog.he library is conveniently open during mall hours, which are:
Monday thru Friday – 6:30 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday – 6:30 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday – 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
Poochigian Ag Scholarship Awarded
On May 28, 2014, Supervisor Debbie Poochigian awarded two seniors from Sierra High School with the annual Poochigian Ag Scholarship. In its fifth year, the Poochigian Ag Scholarship is offered to graduating seniors of Sierra High School who plan to continue their education and pursue a career in agriculture. “My family background in farming continues to provide me with a great deal of satisfaction and pride,” said Supervisor Poochigian, who has long time family roots in agriculture in Fresno County.
Board of Supervisors Honor Teacher Paul Lake
On May 20, 2014, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors honored Buchanan High School Teacher Paul Lake for being selected by the California League of High Schools as the 2014 State High School Educator of the Year. Mr. Lake has been teaching for twenty-six years and is a resident of District 5.
Supervisor Poochigian Sponsors Proclamation Recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Clovis Rodeo
On Thursday, April 22nd 2014 Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian sponsored a proclamation recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Clovis Rodeo. Started in 1914 by the Clovis Women's Club as a way of bringing friends together to celebrate their community, the Clovis Rodeo is one of the oldest rodeos in America. Each year proceeds from the Clovis Rodeo is generously donated to many local non-profit organizations. Supervisor Poochigian has been a longtime supporter of the Clovis Rodeo.
Supervisor Poochigian Welcomes Youth
This year for the annual Youth In Government Day held on March 7that the Fresno County Hall of Records, Supervisor Debbie Poochigian was pleased to welcome the eighth grade students in opening comments which included some background and history of the Board of Supervisors and their role. The participating youth listened attentively as Supervisor Poochigian discussed her long time roots in Fresno County.
The day included several speakers from the federal, state, and local level.
Remembrance of Armenian Genocide
On Thursday, April 22nd 2014 the Fresno County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Supervisor Henry Perea and Supervisor Debbie Poochigian proclaiming “the 24th Day of April 2014 as the 99th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, a day known as the Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.” Supervisor Poochigian has joined Supervisor Perea in sponsoring similar resolutions every year since being elected to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in 2008. Accepting the resolution was Dr. Sergio La Porta, Professor of Armenian Studies at California State University, Fresno.
(Pictured from left to right: Supervisor Henry Perea, Dr. Sergio La Porta and Supervisor Debbie Poochigian)
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes Day
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors proclaimed March 29th 2014 as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes Day in the County of Fresno. In the United States, a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30-seconds. In the Central Valley, diabetes touches nearly one out of every ten people. Receiving the proclamation was Chris Christopherson (pictured with his wife Kara and youngest daughters Haley and Molly).
Kick Off in Support of March for Babies
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors honored the "March of Dimes of Fresno County" in their efforts to improve the health of pregnant women, infants and children, and prevent premature birth and infant mortality, by declaring January 2012 to be "Kick Off in Support of March for Babies" - an effort to raise awareness and participation in the April 14, 2012 March of Dimes Walk.
National Agriculture Week
Representatives from the Central Valley Chapter – California Women for Agriculture, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Fresno County Farm Bureau, the Ag Commissioner’s Office, and Fowler FFA were present during the March 6 Board of Supervisor’s meeting, which proclaimed March 4-10, 2012 to be “National Agriculture Week” in Fresno County.
Social Worker Appreciation Month
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors honored social workers during the month of March for their dedication to individuals, families and communities everywhere through service delivery, research, education and advocacy.
Resolution honoring Dennis Hart
On December 13, 2011, The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution honoring longtime local radio personality, Dennis Hart on the occasion of his retirement from KMJ radio. Dennis is joined by his wife, Sharon and son, Bradley to celebrate this special acknowledgement.
U.S. Constitution Day
U.S. Constitution Day was celebrated at the Fresno County Board of Supervisors Meeting on September 13, 2011 recognizing the observance of the formation and signing of the Constitution in 1787 – the day our Founding Fathers secured the blessings of freedom for all Americans for generations to come. Members of the Fresno County and City Republican Women, Federated appeared before the Board. Pictured left to right are Adair Murphy, Mary Ann Dews-President, Susan L. Abbott, and Cheryl Storer. Photo by Mike Chen.
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Supervisor Poochigian encourages everyone to develop a love of reading. September will be Library Card Sign-Up Month. Your library card is free and is a passport to a world of ideas and imagination.
The Board of Supervisors honors the Clovis North Educational Center varsity basketball team
On May 17, 2011, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors presented a Proclamation acknowledging the 2010-2011 Varsity Basketball Team of the Clovis North Educational Center as the Division 2 Central Valley Section Championship that included nine members of the varsity team in the school’s first graduating class.
Click here to view the Proclamation by the Board of Supervisors.
(Pictured left to right: Team Captain, Ben Huffman, Head Coach, Rob Streeter, Assistant Coaches Colin Slater and Casey Musick, and Fresno County Employee Vera Scott-Slater)
Photo credit – Mike Chen
Juror Appreciation Week
Juror Appreciation Week is proclaimed at the May 3, 2011 Fresno County Board of Supervisors Meeting in honor of the thousands of citizens who perform jury service. The Honorable Robert H. Oliver, Fresno County Superior Court Judge and Sherry Spears, Juror Services Manager are pictured with the Board Members. Photo by Mike Chen.
A Proclamation honoring the The Salvation Army for 121 years of dedicated service to the community took place at the May 3, 2011 Fresno County Board of Supervisors Meeting. Major Moises Guerrero accepted the Proclamation. Photo by Mike Chen.
Supervisor Poochigian attended the Community Resource Fair in Prather in June. During her visit she greeted constituents, discussed local concerns and supplied information about Fresno County. This third annual event provides residents the opportunity to meet with community and professional service organizations.
Photo courtesy of Pat Gallegos/Mountain Press.
View the Board of Supervisors' Resolution
Coach Bob Bennett, Fresno State’s legendary baseball coach was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in July in ceremonies in Lubbock, Texas. Supervisor Poochigian initiated a Resolution from the Board of Supervisors acknowledging Coach Bennett’s outstanding career and acknowledging his recent honor. Friends of Mr. Bennett were in attendance at the July 13th Board Meeting. Pictured in front of the Board members are (left-to-right) Tom Summers, Bob Bennett, Bruce Farris and Tom Kane.
On April 13, 2010 the Fresno County Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution recognizing the John Wash Elementary School as a recipient of the National School of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award.
On hand to accept the Resolution and represent John Wash Elementary were (pictured left to right)
Donna Vincenti, Curriculum Support Advisor; Desirae Vazquez, Student; Peter Filippi, School Board Trustee
Supervisor Poochigian addressed a gathering of local students at the 2010 Hacemos High Technology Day at Fresno’s AT&T Headquarters. She talked about the importance of staying in school and preparing for life after high school graduation. The day’s events also included a video conference link to students in 19 locations throughout the country.